Dr Amelia Swift RGN, MSc, PhD, PGCHE, SFHEA

Dr Amelia Swift

School of Nursing
Reader in Health Professional Education
Head of Education (Nursing)

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Amelia is a Reader in Health Professional Education and the Head of Education for the School of Nursing.  She teaches widely across the pre-registration programmes and also contributes to post-graduate teaching in her specialist area of pain. Amelia is a champion of technology enhancement and works at Institute level to guide and promote educational enhancement and research.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2017
  • PhD in Nursing (Osteoarthritis pain transmission), University of Birmingham 2012
  • PGCHE Coventry University 2001
  • MSc in Health Sciences (Management and Education), University of Birmingham 1999
  • ENB 100 (Intensive Care Nursing), Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • ENB 998 (Teaching and assessing) Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • RCN Higher Award Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • RGN Charles Frear School of Nursing, 1989


Postgraduate supervision

Amelia Swift’s research focus is education in the HEI sector but also in clinical practice. Her supervision includes quantitative and mixed methods clinically focused and educational research in a wide variety of topics.

Other activities

  • British Pain Society, member of Council 2019 –
  • British Pain Society Education Special Interest Group, Chair 2018 –
  • Associate editor: Evidence Based Nursing.
  • Peer review:
    • European Journal of Pain
    • British Journal of Pain
    • Journal of Advanced Nursing
    • Journal of Clinical Nursing
    • Nursing Times


Recent publications


Swift, A & Twycross, A 2020, 'Using Ways of Knowing in nursing to develop educational strategies that support knowledge mobilisation', Paediatric and Neonatal Pain, vol. 2, pp. 139-147. https://doi.org/10.1002/pne2.12037

Swift, A, Woostenholme, D & Kidd, L 2019, 'Co-creation and co-production in health service delivery: what is it and what impact can it have?' Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 97-100. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103184

Murfin, J, Irvine, F, Meechan‐rogers, R & Swift, A 2019, 'Education, income and occupation and their influence on the uptake of cervical cancer prevention strategies: a systematic review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 3-4, pp. 393–415. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15094

Swift, A & Twycross, A 2019, 'The challenges of being a student nurse and the advice proffered by peers' Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 8-10. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103226

McGrath, L, Swift, A, Clark, M & Bradbury-Jones, C 2019, 'Understanding the benefits and risks of nursing students engaging with online social media', Nursing Standard, vol. 34, no. 10, pp. 45-49. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2019.e11362

Swift, A, Heale, R & Twycross, A 2019, 'What are sensitivity and specificity' Evidence-Based Practice, vol. 23, pp. 2-4. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103225


Swift, A 2019, 'Body sensory providing feedback to bedside staff reduced the prevalence of pressure ulcers in patients with critical illness', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, pp. 48. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2018-102921

Swift, A 2019, 'Maternal dominance and reliance on over-the-counter analgesia can hinder development of healthy coping strategies for adolescent pain', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, pp. 44. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2018-102968

Swift, A 2018, 'Critical Illness and recovery should be viewed as a social process in which the patient and family members' experiences are different but complimentary', Evidence Based Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2018-103021


Swift, A, Banks, L, Baleswaran, A, Cooke, N, Little, C, McGrath, L, Meechan-Rogers, R, Neve, A, Rees, H, Tomlinson, A & Williams, G 2020, 'COVID-19 and student nurses: A view from England', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 17-18, pp. 3111-3114. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15298

Swift, A & Twycross, A 2019, 'Is it really bursary or bust? Simon Stevens stirs the pot.', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 93-94. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103182

Swift, A, etherton, J & Twycross, A 2019, 'Keeping the patient front and central: the role of storytelling', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 31-32.

Other contribution

Fletcher, J, Cooper, SC, Cooney, R, Hewison, M, Iqbal, T & Swift, A 2021, Effect of vitamin D supplementation on patient reported outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York. <https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?RecordID=245342>

Review article

Milne, J, Swift, A, Smith, J & Martin, R 2021, 'Electrical stimulation for pain reduction in hard-to-heal wound healing', Journal of Wound Care, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 568-580. https://doi.org/10.12968/jowc.2021.30.7.568

Fletcher, J, Swift, A, Hewison, M & Cooper, S 2021, 'Patient and public involvement in research design and oversight', Nurse Researcher, vol. 29, no. 3, e1786. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2021.e1786

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